Second ESCA/IEEE Workshop on Speech Synthesis

September 12-15, 1994
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY, USA

A GUI-based Interactive Speech Editor for Synthetic Speech Creation

Hiroshi Hamada, Jin'ichi Chiba

NTT Human Interface Laboratories, Yokosuka, Japan

For the purpose of modifying synthetic speech style, an "interactive speech editor" has been developed. The interactive speech editor is a software package running on a personal computer coupled to a Japanese text-to-speech synthesizer. The speech editor has three major functions: (i)edit the basic text input to the text-to-speech synthesizer, (ii)alter the prosodic features of the synthetic speech by interacting with a graphical user interface (GUI), (iii)control prosodic feature parameters to achieve emphasis of specific words or phrases according to the emphasis level. Evaluation experiments show that the interactive speech editor is a useful and powerful tool for achieving any desired synthetic speech style.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hamada, Hiroshi / Chiba, Jin'ichi (1994): "A GUI-based interactive speech editor for synthetic speech creation", In SSW2-1994, 37-40.